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Pro Lemon vs. Pro Shine

We get asked often what the difference between our Pro Lemon polish and Pro Shine is. Along with this question we are usually asked if they are non-toxic. The answer to that is yes, they both are non-toxic :-). The Pro Lemon is an oil-based shine. It can be used to polish your guitar or piano, even your furniture, and condition your fret board. The Pro Shine guitar polish is special, as it will not lead to any wax build-up from continual usage.  We suggest that you shake the guitar polish before applying. Both products offer the same high quality finish for your guitar; it is just a matter of personal preference for which one is chosen. Seeking a protective wax finish? Then try out our Carnauba wax as this product would be best for that :-).

Colored Pearl Custom Picks

Are you looking for a custom guitar pick in a color that perfectly fits your design? Try out our colored pearl picks! Shown below is an example of how a customer fit their design together with the colored pearl pick option:

The customer had the text “Hot Copper,” and they chose a flame graphic from our clip art library. Then, they chose a copper color for the picks so that all elements of the design go together!

Our colored pearl picks are the same celluloid material as the white pearl picks, but they can be custom color matched in addition to having a custom design printed on them. When you place your order, there is a full color palette to allow for the color choice for the picks. This is a great option if our other picks don’t come in the exact color you are looking for. Also, colored pearl picks are wonderful for weddings since they can be matched to specific wedding colors!

Design and order your own custom colored pearl guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Corrina Corrina

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band “Corrina, Corrina,” from Red Bank, New Jersey. They are a local Alt/indie/punk band with influences like Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie and, most importantly, The Gaslight Anthem. The members of the band include Brian McKenna, Matthew Kessig, Deaglan Howlett and Mike O’Connor. Find out more about Corrina Corrina on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/corrinacorrinanj.

The Corrina Corrina picks were made on our green delrin, .88mm gauge pick material. We love the detail and intricacy of the band’s logo. The design for the picks was created by Colleen Kinslow.

To order your own custom guitar picks, visit our site today at www.claytoncustom.com!

 

Patrick DeCoste

“Since the international success of his 2003 self-produced demo, Patrick DeCoste (pronounced “De-Coast”) has caught the attention of music fans across the globe. His highly anticipated, full-length debut, “Inside The Unsaid”, arrived a year later to much acclaim: “A cool CD filled with all types of guitar wizardry,” beamed Robert Silverstein, editor of “20th Century Guitar” magazine. In May 2005, Guitar9.com featured the CD in the top 5 of their Best Sellers Rock chart alongside Grammy instrumentalists Eric Johnson & Steve Morse. Fresh off his 2008 Artist of the Year nomination from Q’s House Radio Show (Orlando, FL), Patrick DeCoste followed the acclaim with a CD release show at the famed Hard Rock Cafe (Boston) celebrating the launch of his 2009 EP. Along the way, his music has managed to catch the attention of Grammy-Nominated artists as well as Boston premier’s rock station, WAAF, where he was named “one of the area’s most under-rated guitarists”. Since that time, DeCoste has performed throughout the New England and the Southern California areas opening for such major label artists as Johnny A., Lori McKenna and Gary Hoey (“He stands out, has a professional attitude and great work ethic… plus, he’s a good guy too,” Hoey’s quick to add).  Outside of the clubs, sports fans have been treated to DeCoste’s live version of the “Star Spangled Banner” at Shea Stadium and the Boston Garden while theater-goers heard his chops in the orchestra pit of the Grammy-winning musical, “Hairspray”. Not bad for someone who actually lets his music do the talking.”

Web: PatrickDeCoste.com . Social: Twitter . Listen: Nimbit
Performances: in HAIRSPRAY . w/ Tommy Lee . at Shea Stadium

Pick of the Week — The Dirty Flirts

The week’s Pick of the Week was created for the band The Dirty Flirts. The Dirty Flirts were born out of the love of being an avid Runaways fan and lover of Female Fronted Bands in the Punk/Rock genres. Momma Dukes (drummer) flirted (ha ha) with the idea with Dawn Sweet (Lead Vox) and after seeking out other like-minded dirty flirts like themselves they found another talented Fem Fatale “T” (Rhythm Axe), and one energized rocker Rob Luv (Lead Axe). Having a bass player issue…, and gone through two so far since the bands’ inception, they found their permanent bass player Lorenzo who, despite being a generation younger, loves their choice of music and is an enthusiastic as well as talented addition to the Dirty Flirts. With enough practice under their chastity ;-P belts they had a very well received debut gig and are presently rockin at select gigs! Because all of the members’ lifestyles have always included music in some form or another, this band was a natural fit for them, as well as for the next generation of rock and rollers. Their fans are peers in the industry, so when they are at a gig, it suddenly becomes a live jam that all the crazed groupies love being a part of, whether it’s on the stage jamming or dancing and grabbing each other during the shows. So leave your morals and your attitudes at the door and party with The Dirty Flirts!
Visit their page on Facebook: https://facebook.com/TheDirtyFlirts .
Visit their website: http://thedirtyflirts.com/.
 Band bookings contact Margaret 631-824-3454 or email mommadukes421@yahoo.com.
Band Members:
Dawn Sweet – Lead Vox (Liquid Overload)
“T” – Rhythm Axe, Back Up Vox
Rob Luv – Lead Axe, Back up Vox(Strike Twice)
Lorenzo – Bass
Momma Dukes-Percussion/Back up Vox
The Dirty Flirts design was printed on our acetal guitar picks, which are known for being professional, high quality material. They look great the with sizzling black and red Dirty Flirts logo! Create and order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Steelshot

During a time when Richmond was considered stock full of cookie cutter bands all striving for 15 minutes of  fame, the club of “You Tubers” and screaming kids with tight jeans hanging from theirbacksides; a new sound of southern country hard rock songs began to hit the streets and at the reigns of that sound was Steelshot. Steelshot was formed from a few riffs by guitarist/songwriter Jason Yarbrough who began by tinkering around with the southern sound of his influences such as Lynyrd Skynyrd to the new wave of heavy hard rock from Black Label Society and mixing those sounds into one. It wasn’t long after that his new project found a solid foundation with fellow musicians whose style seems to fit like puzzle pieces cut to match in all the right places. A familiar sound long forgotten by radio & mainstream media could be heard from the song room, yet breaking ground with a new genre; Country Metal was the result. This new sound, unforgettable to any listener within reach, is original and creative leaving you wanting more. After 3 years of lineup changes, break-ups and reconciliations the trials and tribulations have ended in perfection. From their long awaited debut self-titled EP release in the summer of 2011 there is “Alive Again” and “In Too Deep”, giving audiences hard hittingwhite-knuckle fast driving beats. Then there are the more southern or country rooted songs such as “Never Understand” and “Southern Pride” establishing the anthem sound that is Steelshot. The sky is limitless for these artists with intense ambition and drive, they are set continue to working on their seconded release for 2012 becoming their first full length collection of original new music. Steelshot has shared the stage with a various local and regional bands such as Bullistic, White Knuckle Battery, Memory Fade, Proverbial, Thunderbrew, Automag, Silvertung, as well as national acts Faultline, Zoso the Led Zeppelin Experience, Die Cast, Mensrea, and Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real just to name a few. Tired of the stock metal riffs and same repeated melodic leads, guitarist Jason Yarbrough felt something was missing; true down to earth rock n’ roll. After his years as a rhythm guitarist in Richmond groups Strikethrew and Transylvania Stud, he decided it was time to begin a new project which had no limits to genre or style. During the summer of 2008 Jason started sessions with long time friend, and classically trained jazz drummer Brian Shaw. After a few songs composed with just drums and guitar, a common friend suggested they give a tryout to local bassist Mike “Frog” Barham, whose low ended bass style comes from heavy metal 80’s groups who influenced him when he started performing at Chicago night clubs while still in high school. The first jam session is all it took and shortly thereafter they began working on ideas that would later become the standard sound for Steelshot, a new kind of southern country metal. “Never Understand”, “Southern Pride” and “In Too Deep” were the results and thus began the adventure. Fast forward a few months later and numerous new songs later, to the search for the voice that would later define the original sound of Steelshot; a singer who showed up with melodies and lyrics in hand. Enter Josh Duncan; a singer/songwriter whose voice can be heard on Nashville recordings and sessions with other country artists. His southern style and low noted country draw gives Steelshot the final touch that was needed to complete this power group of musicians. That December, Steelshot performed their debut show to a sold out New Years Eve event and with only 4 songs after 3 weeks with a final lineup. They performed with the talent of national artists and never stopped for the next year to follow. After numerous shows and a year of traveling between Richmond and New York the toll took its debt and drummer Brian Shaw was replaced for a short time with long time friend and fellow drummer Jon Ward (Faultline) who was able to keep the performances going until the break-up in late 2009. After a year of trying to work with new projects and no success, Jay called Mike and suggested they get together for a fun jam session of old times and good songs. Brian and Josh both returned and the original lineup began a few shows of what was thought to be just an affair for good times. But after attracting attention from labels and producers the 4 of them decided to finally record an EP and see what happens. Not long after the recordings, it was decided to add a second guitarist to perform to likeness of the EP on the live stage. Lee Waldron who was an open jam artist and friend of Josh’s filled in for a few performances but it was never a permanent relationship and he later left to persue his love for blues. As if that wasn’t more than enough hard times for Steelshot and their lineup stability, drummer Brian Shaw departed the band once again for personal reasons. It was not long after that drummer T.J. Sutherland from Pike Possum and guitarist Ryan Nuttle formerly of Boss Keen’s Ditch were hired on as full-time members. Finally, after the breaks and the lineup changes over the years, Steelshot began working on writing and demo recording sessions for their debut full length label release album set for sometime in 2012. *The self-titled EP “Steelshot” can be purchased at every show, online at iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon or by visiting their online store at www.reverbnation.com/steelshot
http://www.steelshotrocks.com/

ZZ-Zinc-redible!

Looking for a premium pick that will stand the test of time? ZZ-Zinc picks are a new Clayton item that was added to our product line this year! These picks are crafted out of genuine Zinc alloy metal. They are made for producing tones that are clear and high, along with punchy bass and unprecedented volume, due to their heavy mass/metal composition. These picks are popular amongst electric, acoustic and bass guitarists alike. To help maintain grip on the picks and prevent slipping since they are metal, we have added a matte finish and a reversed embedded epoxy logo. These are heavy-duty picks that are designed to last throughout years of guitar playing! They are available in both a 1.0mm and 2.0mm gauge. To order your own ZZ-Zinc premium picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/premium.php today!

Pocket Picks

Just added to Clayton USA’s product line this year, Pocket Picks are a great item for the guitar player on the go! This is a card that fits in a standard billfold, and each card contains five punch-out guitar picks. The material of the picks is a customized polycarbonate that produces a clean, smooth sound with soft tone. They are also great for speed picking. These cards are available in six different gauges including .60, .70, .80, .94, 1.1 and 1.24mm and pricing starts at just $3.99! Order your pocket picks today at http://www.steveclayton.com/pocket-picks.php.

The Plastic Revolution

We just wanted to share a video from one of our Endorsed bands The Plastic Revolution, check out our picks in the beginning!

Also, you can check out the rest of their videos and music at their website http://www.theplasticrevolution.com

Jonathan Barlow & Roger Harmon

Award winning Guitarists Roger Harmon and Jonathan Barlow are versatile musicians with careers that involve performing various kinds of music, composing and arranging music for publication, and promoting their work as recording artists. They also periodically receive grant funding and cash-prize awards. They both earned Master of Music degrees in classical guitar from the University of Denver (DU) where they met and began performing together. Since graduation, their alma mater has taken notice of their accomplishments and not only written an article about them for the alumni magazine but also invited them to be guest lecturers in a career workshop entitled “Entrepreneurship in Music.” Although classically trained, they pride themselves on their abilities in many genres including jazz and popular styles. As signed recording artists with Azica Records they share a roster with guitar luminaries Jason Vieaux, David Leisner, and Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe. Roger and Jonathan’s music is distributed internationally by Naxos of America, has received traditional radio play, and can be heard on Pandora, Last.FM, Rdio, and Spotify. They recorded their first album under the name Massif Trio, a group formed by Jonathan to perform his arrangements of 19th century German art songs for 2 guitars and voice. Their album Massif Trio Plays Schumann, Schubert and Strauss garnered reviews from American Record Guide and All Music Guide; it was praised as “a masterful performance filled with keen musical insight, evocative text painting, and enticing sound quality.” The arrangements found on the album are published with Clear Note Publications. Jonathan is also published with Lathkill Music Publishers and Soundboard guitar journal published one of his arrangements and wrote an article about him. His work has been called “fabulous” by Guitarnotes, ”superb” by Steve Marsh of Classical Guitar Magazine, and “tasteful, impeccably written and exceptionally enjoyable” by Rovi Music. A growing number of university music libraries carry his publications. Roger and Jonathan are proud to be endorsed artists with Steve Clayton Guitar Picks, Godin Guitars, Curt Mangan Strings, and Sfarzo String Company. They are represented by Denver booking agency Masterful Musicians and have won many awards including: The Orville Moore Memorial Award – from the Allied Arts, Inc.- given for “achievement in German art song,” and the ASCAPlus Award – from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) – a national award given for “creative contributions to American music.”

Pandora Radio Link:
http://broadcaster.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=901946&l=37961&ctl=410D029:55970D1978C19A868F921A04ECA14EF4050542759970026E&

www.jonathandavidbarlow.com

www.rogerlouis.com

Pick of the Week — Tudor Adrian Negru/Ronin/Anomaly

This week’s Pick of the Week was ordered by Clayton customer Tudor Adrian Negru. Tudor is a “previous guitar player in Romanian heavy-metal bands Refractara, Ronin and currently lead-guitar in a newly established band called Anomaly (http://www.facebook.com/anomalybandcluj). With the main influences of the band straying more into the hard-core/metal areas but with a taint of nu-metal and hard-rock, Anomaly tries to bring something unique to the musical scene in Cluj-Napoca and Romania. The band is currently working on writing material for their first demo album which should be finished by July 2012 and have already had several live performances along with some of the most well established and appreciated bands in the scene.
In order to bring that huge metal grind to the overall sound of the band, using heavier string gauges really does make a difference. Still, a common challenge that every guitar player in this genre faces is how to keep the tone tight and defined while also making it easier on yourself when playing heavy gauges.”
Tudor explains how he found Clayton picks: “Having being recommended Clayton USA and being handed a custom Clayton pick some time ago by one of the most established metal guitar players in the field, Balauru’ of Trooper, the search for that missing and much-needed element ended. It wasn’t long until I turned to have my own custom order with Steve Clayton USA. I find it that the Acetal 1.9 mm gauge suits my needs perfectly. The matte finish really keeps the pick where and how you need it to be while the material-gauge combination means that I can finally get that attack, control and tone definition that I was very much searching for even in the middle of a crazy live gig.”
“The custom layout features the above mentioned 1.9 mm Acetal standard shape but with the “Ronin” logo which stands for “one with no lord nor master” inspired by Japanese culture. The custom design was provided by established artist Paul Pantazescu (www.paulpantazescu.com) and in conjunction with Clayton craftsmanship it screams attitude, professionalism and strength.” To order your own custom guitar picks like Tudor’s, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Jim Ledford

We are pleased to announce that we have just endorsed Jim Ledford! Haling from a small town in the Hudson Valley, NY. area Jim Ledford has been a professional guitar player and performing musician for over two decades. During his early stage of his career(1980s) was labeled as a very season guitarist. Radio spots were an enjoyable gig for him in the late 80’s and 90’s. During the  1990’s Jim had the pleasure of working with, and recording projects for the audio visual  department at the United States Military Academy, West Point NY. He also played warm up for many classic rock acts throughout his career. To name a few would be Foghat, and Three Dog Night. Jim played many venues in the Tri-State area during his longtime career. He has also recorded privately for many professional artists. Jim always contributes time to a limited number of students for private guitar lessons producing fine guitar players on the east coast and NY area. Fall 0f “09” will also bring something new to the NY music scene. Jim will be slotted in as an instructor at the Garrison Art Center  located on the banks the grand Hudson River. Jim has developed his own customized method of teaching guitar with a 100% success rate! He taught guitar at the NY Academy Of Music during the summer rock camp sessions in “07”. Currently Jim is doing audio/video demo work for major industry guitar,effects,amp,speaker, and pickup companies. Jim has full endorsement agreements with Dean Markley Strings Inc. Peavey, Electro Harmonix Jim Dunlop/MXR Effects,Cort Guitars,Arbor Guitars,Spencer Guitars,Coffin Cases LLC, Steve Clayton Custom Guitar Picks, and has a personal artist agreement with DiMarzio Pickups. Jim holds a full membership as a song writer with ASCAP.His new EP/CD will be availible late “2012” The CD will display some great instrumental fusion/progressive guitar work. We also wanted to share with you that Jim has been selected to play at the Chiller Theatre Center in NJ, for more on the convention you can visit http://www.chillertheatre.com/. Also be sure to check out Jim’s website http://www.jimledford.net/.

Win some custom picks & more at GuitarTrump.com

We have teamed up with GuitarTrump.com again for their International Guitar Month giveaway that is going on now through April 17th. We have thrown in 100 custom guitar picks for the winner, plus you can win more prizes from Cannoy Guitars, Keith Moody, Hedras Ramos, Two Circles Music Co., Jonas Tamas, GearPipe.com, Jamz Guitar Straps, AND RJL Guitars. Please visit GuitarTrump.com for full contest details and prizes :-).

La Fleur Fatale

We have been working with the Swedish label Killer Cobra Records and wanted to share one of their bands’ teaser trailer for the forthcoming tour and documentary they are doing in California! Check the video out below (it includes some background about the band):

http://youtu.be/zxy_Q2wl7-Q?hd=1

For more on the band you can also visit their websites at:

www.lafleurfatale.com
www.facebook.com/lafleurfatale
www.twitter.com/lafleurfatales
www.killercobrarecords.com

 

Me Vs. Murphy

Me Vs Murphy is a band formed by four Venezuelans currently living in the city of Miami. The band just finished recording their first album titled “#JUSTSAYING” which consists of 10 songs and it was recorded in the studios of SAE in Miami, Florida. The release is on March 2012.
www.facebook.com/mevsmurphy
www.youtube.com/mevsmurphy

Stoop Goodnoise

Stoop Goodnoise, A band building, wrecking, and rebuilding again as they lead the way in the new Chicago Rock & Roll scene. Chicago has always been a city of collided cultures coming together to form something amazing and there is no band that encapsulates this like Stoop Goodnoise. A facepunch of 90’s grunge fury, punk choruses, and intergalactic guitar solos. One part Chicago street kids, one part classic rock phenoms, but all one original sound that can not be missed, that can not be ignored, that cannot be stopped.

They have played at numerous clubs around Chicago like House Of Blues Bottom Lounge & Beat Kitchen and have gone as far as being one of the three finalists in the MTV VMA 2009 Best Breakout Chicago Artist Contest where they supported All Time Low & White Tie Affair at Six Flags Great America. They’re set from that day was also featured on Comcast On Demand for the entire city of chicago to view at the push of a button.

They have just finished up they’re debut  album “Crash Me, Cloud” At Million Yen Studios in Chicago with Sciphonic Productions set to be released on January 28th 2012 with touring and music videos planned in the coming months.

Check them out at:

www.StoopGoodnoise.com
http://www.Twitter.com/StoopGN
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stoop-Goodnoise/144260285632636
http://www.myspace.com/StoopGoodnoise
http://www.youtube.com/StoopGoodnoise

Last Day for 14% Off!

Attention Clayton customers! Today is the last day of our Valentine’s Day sale on custom guitar picks! Place an order with us today to receive 14% off of your entire order! Custom picks start as low as $24.99. To start designing your custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. You can choose your pick material, the shape, the gauge and various print options. You can then create your design using our web-based design interface. You can add text, images from our library, or upload your own images to the guitar pick template. Once your design is complete, you can order your custom picks directly from our site as well! When prompted for a promo code, use LOVE14 to receive your Valentine’s Day discount!

Top Dead Center

Today we wanted to share a little bit about one of our endorsed bands Top Dead Center :-)! Top Dead Center is truly a band to be reckoned with. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Top Dead Center has a contagious and intoxicating sound as brutal as the South Texas sun on the 4th of July. Their unique mix of influence from southern rock, vintage bar rock, and true heavy metal make Top Dead Center a true locomotive of music mayhem with a stage presence that guarantees a good time. Imagine the modernized bastard child of Mötley Crüe and Slayer having conceived Top Dead Center in the bed of a pickup truck outside Floore’s Country Store while Willie Nelson performed Whiskey River . . . it’s as brutal and awesome as that. Always a forward moving powerhouse of rock’n’roll wreckage in the South Texas region, the whiskey bent lineup have already recorded their debut album titled “A Train Ride to Hell,” which is available now. A brief tour through major cities in Texas will follow to support this release. Each member has an extensive musical history and experience in the Texas music industry. IN September 2010 TDC had an opportunity of a life time by opening up for rock legends KISS, after a three month competition with over 200 bands. Top Dead Center have shared the stage with several other regional and national acts with future goals to continue recording, touring, and spreading the South to every part of the U.S. . . . and then the rest of the world.

Members: Ol’ Mikey – Vocals
Justin Kase – Drums
ChRxis Crigger – Bass
Jack III – Guitar
Johnny Rodd – Guitar

www.topdeadcentermusic.com

Robert Kearns of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Some more photos from NAMM of Robert Kearns signing at our booth :-).

Story of a Ghost

Last week we had a Facebook contest to share your band’s story on our blog, the winner was Aaron from Story of a Ghost :-)! Story of a ghost began their musical journey from the release of their single “Akimbo”, based loosely on the May 22 2011 tornado. Akimbo, was recorded in their home town of Joplin, Mo by producer Jerrod Naff, at Zombielife Studios. It has been featured on radio stations in their home state, as well as on the 2011 compilation cd for magazine, “The Dead Timez”. They are currently in the studio working on their self-titled e.p “Story of a ghost” that is expected for release on ITUNES and AmazonMP3 in early 2012. A national tour for 2012 is definitely in the works. (Bio)      links: www.reverbnation.com/storyofaghost

Josh Burke of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Josh from the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus came out on Friday to sign at our booth!

http://redjumpsuit.com

Steve Stevens at our NAMM booth

We also had Steve Stevens come to our booth to sign posters :-). Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing guitar for Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, and Vince Neil. He also has critically acclaimed solo efforts (Atomic Playboys and Flamenco A Go-Go), collaborations (Bozzio Levin Stevens, a.k.a. Black Light Syndrome), and is an in-demand session guitarist. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Steve-Stevens/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick of the Week — The Brian Davis Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for The Brian Davis Band, which formed in 2004 for a one-night-only concert to raise funds for the music departments in the local Catholic schools. That night was an overwhelming success both monetarily and spiritually and ended with a feeling of what’s next! Since then, that concert has grown to an annual event drawing near a thousand together each year in worship and has raised nearly $35,000 dollars for youth music programs.
  In 2007, the band was finding themselves more in demand for youth rallies, worship nights and church festivals. That demand came with a special call from God to begin to share their faith journey through original songs. As the songs poured out, the ministry continued to grow and touch the lives of countless Christians from their region. 2009 was truly a breakout year for the band; seeing their message spread to a larger audience, seeing their gifts helping the people of Uganda through a nationally released compilation album titled “Unified By Grace,” making their first television appearance on ” Lift Him Up Kansas” and completing their first studio album “Stand” which released in January of 2010.
The band is looking forward to the places God will call them to in 2012 and the opportunity to serve his people through their ministry.
For more information regarding the band visit them online at www.myspace.com/thebriandavisband42 or “like them” on Facebook!

The Brian Davis Band chose to have their picks made on our orange delrin material, which nicely supports their intricate black design. We loved the fine detail and creativity of their artwork. Brian told me that the design on the pick was inspired by Luke 12:24 which speaks of how the Raven, who has nothing, is cared for and loved by God. This passage intends to teach us that we, who have so many gifts, are loved as much… if not more. The Brian Davis Band has the same design for one of their t-shirts as well as on the front of their drum kit. To create your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Claire Sinclair – NAMM 2012

2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair came out to sign at our NAMM booth this year. Here are a few photos we wanted to share, also for more about Claire you can visit her website http://www.pinupclairesinclair.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle & John of Guitarings NAMM 2012

We had such an amazing time at NAMM this year. Kyle Gass and John Konesky signed at our booth on Saturday. We just wanted to share some photos with you all who may not have made it, check out the line, it was crazy! We will be sharing more photos this week of Steve Stevens, Playmate of 2011 Claire Sinclair, Josh Burke of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Robert Kearns who all signed at our booth this year.

 

 

 

Paulo Morete

Paulo is a Spanish guitarist  and songwriter of the band Einsof (www.einsofmusic.com) and is very influenced by the more aggressive styles like hard rock and metal, in 2008 edited the successful debut called Neverending, with the single Paradox. After that came the collaboration with other bands like Satrapa (www.satrapaweb.com). He is currently recording the second album of 2012 Einsof and other projects with musicians in Spain for 2012

Paulo uses: Custom white pearl and Ultem picks 1mm pick.

More information :

 

www.paulomorete.com

 

www.einsofmusic.com

 

www.myspace.com/paulo5150

Jim Luparello of Car Party

Jim Luparello of Car Party has been endorsed with us since 2011. Here is a little bit about the band:

Car Party is an American pop-rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. Although they did not come under their current lineup until early 2011, they began their journey in late 2009 through a Craigslist ad posted by drummer, Taylor Hughes. Because of their pop-rock sound and tightly woven rhythm section, Car Party has been compared to the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, Jimmy Eat World and The Early November.

In 2010 Car Party released their debut EP, “Excuses” and quickly began work on their sophomore EP, “High & Low Places,” released independently in August 2011. For the follow-up effort, Car Party teamed up with producer and friend, Ace Enders, of The Early November and I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business – Ace is also featured on the single, “Please Me”. As credit to the band’s hard work, “High & Low Places” received a warm reception among fans and critics alike, landing them in Alternative Press, Substream Music Press and an exclusive interview in Modern Drummer magazine. The video for the single “Please Me” will be launched exclusively with Substream Music Press later this year.

In Fall 2011 the band was able to land an endorsement from Orange Amplifiers, begin a PR partnership with the New York-based firm Big Picture Media and wrapped up a successful US/Canadian tour. Dedicated to hard work and making music, the band has their sites set on the future with a new EP and an independent east coast tour in the works.

Car Party is Michael Natzke, Taylor Hughes, Chris Martin and Jim Luparello.

Check out the Band’s pages to here their music and more :-):

http://www.carpartyband.com
http://www.twitter.com/carparty
http://www.facebook.com/carparty

Go Radio

We have recently endorsed Alex, Matt and Jason of Go Radio! Here is a little bit about the band:
It’s a truly rare occasion when a debut by a band is met with the kind of feverish fan anticipation that has encircled LUCKY STREET, the full-length debut by Tallahassee, Florida melodic rockers GO RADIO. But then again, none of those other groups have JASON LANCASTER at the helm.The GO RADIO singer/songwriter, who’s been crafting unflinchingly honest, breathtakingly beautiful music since venturing out on his own in 2007, boasts arguably the most goosebump-inducing combination of raw vocal talent and songwriting prowess in rock today. Backed by a gifted band with two stellar EPs under their belts, LANCASTER and GO RADIO are only just beginning to explore the seemingly endless potential for their mind-blowing creations.

The band–which also includes bassist MATT “BURNS” POULOS, drummer STEVEN KOPACZ and guitarist ALEX REED–immediately turned heads with the release of their self-released EP Welcome To Life in 2008, which bowled over listeners with its poignant, heartfelt lyrics and irresistible melodies. Attracting the attention of Fearless Records, the band inked a deal with the label, releasing the band’s second EP, Do Overs And Second Chances, in 2010. The EP, which featured the stunning ballad “Goodnight Moon,” landed at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, going on to sell more than 15,000 copies in the U.S. In that span the group has toured extensively, heading out on high-profile runs with A Day To Remember, Secondhand Serenade and the Fearless Friends Tour with Mayday Parade among others. Despite the early success, 2011 promises to be the band’s most pivotal moment to date.

Known for their kinetic live performances and intimate interaction with fans, a packed slate of touring in support of LUCKY STREET–including a full run on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour–is the other crucial ingredient in bringing such vital art to the masses. GO RADIO aim to recruit a bonafide army of listeners, from multiple genres, as diverse as the band’s inimitable sound.

“We constantly put ourselves out there. Any chance we get to reach a new audience and get new ears, we’re down for. We’re not going to say, ‘Because you like breakdowns, you’re not gonna like GO RADIO,’ because you might,” says LANCASTER. “That’s how you build these things–one fan at a time, brick by brick. If it weren’t for everybody latching onto the band and finding something they enjoy about it, I’d still be playing acoustic guitar in my den right now.”

GO RADIO’s new album LUCKY STREET is out now on Fearless Records.

Websites
http://www.wearegoradio.com
http://www.twitter.com/goradio
http://www.youtube.com/wearegoradio
http://www.purevolume.com/goradio
http://fb.com/goradiostreetteam

Forever The Sickest Kids

We want to introduce Rico, Austin and Caleb of Forever The Sickest Kids who we have just recently endorsed! Here is a little about the band: “Success in the music business requires a magical combination of talent, perseverance and opportunity. The six young rockers in Dallas, Texas band Forever the Sickest Kids easily possess all this and more. They’re unquestionably gifted, ambitious and hard working, and in the eight months since they formed, they’ve repeatedly created their own opportunities – sometimes accidentally. Five days after their official formation, singer Jonathan Cook was flipping through the Pure Volume web site when, with a click of his mouse, he inadvertently spent $350 the band didn’t have on a front page song placement. Worse still, Forever the Sickest Kids didn’t have any songs written yet. So, over the next two days, the band members got together and banged out a track called “Hey Brittany,” then recorded it with their friend/producer Jeff Rockwell. “Buying that Pure Volume spot was an amazingly great mistake,” laughs guitarist Caleb Turman, noting how “Hey Brittney” quickly becoming the band’s first big break. “The song just took off and after that everyone was suddenly interested in us.” It’s easy to see why. “Hey Brittany” is a confectionary gem that combines elements of power pop, pop-punk, electro-pop and ‘80s radio rock into an unforgettable sing-along that resonates with the energy and vitality of youth. Contrary to popular belief, “Brittany” isn’t Britney Spears, but rather a girl who was engaged to be married, yet made no attempt to hide her affection for the members of the Forever the Sickest Kids”

 

http://www.foreverthesickestkids.com
http://www.facebook.com/ForeverTheSickestKids

 

Gavin Kelly

California native Gavin Kelly, child actor turned Nashville Star Country Singer Still acting, singing, and song writing is now Releasing His debut album titled “Honolulu Blue” opening the concert in Bedford Indiana on July 2nd 2011 for Bedford native Lori Anderson. Gavin Kelly is no stranger to the screen being raised in California and appearing on Television shows and movies growing up. He was an extra in a favorite television show Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff followed by Growing pains starring Kirk Cameron, And then Saved by the Bell with Tiffany Amber Thiessen. Gavin moved onto the big screen in the movie Terminator 2 JUDGEMENT DAY with Arnold Schwartzengger, and then the movie Drum Line starring Nick Cannon. Gavin moved to Nashville TN, Where he sang his way onto the reality TV talent show on the 3rd season of Nashville Star. Gavin’s latest screen claim to fame was in the movie Country Strong shown here in a scene with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw as a roadie just trying to get through the crowd to load the guitars onto the bus. Gavin has been recording with IMASTAR Records in Nashville TN with Award winning songwriter Tom Paden under production of Country music legendary musician and producer Dick McVey. Gavin’s 1st single release from the debut album written by Tom Paden titled “IN AMERICA” has hit 51 Country FM radio across the nation and still spreading!

For more on Gavin Kelly visit his websites:
http://www.facebook.com/GavinKellyFanPage
http://www.reverbnation.com/gavinkelly
http://www.facebook.com/Imastar.Records.Gavin.Kelly
http://www.myspace.com/gavincountry
http://www.cafepress.com/Gavin_Kelly
http://www.gavincountry.com/